Sherman’s March, March 10, 1865: “After great labor by the whole command in corduroying the entire way” to work out of the mud

If Major-General William T. Sherman’s troops had a newsletter during the Carolinas Campaign, the headlines for March 10, 1865 might have read: “Half the army stuck in the mud” and “Cavalry chief caught snuggling,” along with “Mail just a day away at Fayetteville” and “Johnston expected to fight for town.”  Maybe, if outside news slippedContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 10, 1865: “After great labor by the whole command in corduroying the entire way” to work out of the mud”

Sherman’s March, March 9, 1865: “… this and the day following were two of the most tedious of the campaign.”

Considering this day – March 9 – as things occurred 150 years ago, Major-General Oliver O. Howard wrote: March 9, excepting the three days at Lynch’s Creek, this and the day following were two of the most tedious of the campaign.  The rain continued, and the roads grew worse and worse.  The soil seemed toContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 9, 1865: “… this and the day following were two of the most tedious of the campaign.””

Sherman’s March, March 8, 1865: “marched twenty miles through piney woods” as the Fourteenth Corps catches up

The weather always seemed to dog Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through the Carolinas harder than the Confederates.  From the first days of January all the way through March, rains and floods periodically threatened to strand Sherman’s campaign.  On March 8, 1865, the rains came again. While some columns reported an impact, others posted significantContinue reading “Sherman’s March, March 8, 1865: “marched twenty miles through piney woods” as the Fourteenth Corps catches up”